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Generally favorable reviews - based on 80 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 80
  2. Negative: 0 out of 80
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  1. Apr 7, 2020
    100
    A game that will define all future games. If this masterpiece is running on a PS4, imagine what we could do on a PC.
  2. Edge Magazine
    Mar 26, 2020
    100
    We think about exactly what it means for a PS4 game to have cracked open sculpting, composing, coding, performing, curating, cinematography and game design for more players, more kinds of people, all at once to a nearly unlimited degree - alongside a philosophy that might encourage the most reluctant to consider what they might be capable of, and what it might mean to them. How does it all stack up? It feels almost silly to ask. [Issue#344, p.106]
  3. CD-Action
    Mar 17, 2020
    100
    Teenage me probably would have spent all of his free time in the editor as he has years ago in The Games Factory. It’s a shame that such magnificent program, that could have easily conquered the world of PC editors, is locked to the PS4 environment. [04/2020, p.42]
  4. Mar 4, 2020
    100
    A playing experience like no other, with Dream Shaping tools that revolutionise the way we need to look at game development. Dreams is something truly special.
  5. Feb 18, 2020
    100
    Dreams is so many ideas at any given time. It is ambition given form, imagination given vibrant life and unlimited possibility waiting to be shaped with your hands. Unique and inspiring, there’s no other game that even comes close to reaching Dreams and its intuitive approach to creating content and an experience that you never want to wake up from.
  6. Feb 17, 2020
    100
    Dreams is a wonderful game. It encourages deep learning and imagination for those who truly want to create. It also encourages collaboration.
  7. 100
    It's really hard to find anything negative about Dreams. It's a powerful and remarkable set of creation tools moonlighting as a video game. If creating isn't your thing, the Dreamiverse offers an endless feed of other dreamer's playable content and the super-fun campaign. Dreams is the bees knees and should not be missed.
  8. 100
    Dreams is a platform that allows for complete and nearly limitless creative expression, and it’s already jam-packed with games, music, and art that more than justify the asking price.
  9. Feb 12, 2020
    100
    As overwhelming as it is, Dreams is a unique and impressive game that offers plenty of ways for players to create whatever they want, with a great sense of community.
  10. Feb 12, 2020
    100
    It may have taken the better part of a decade to make, but the arrival of Dreams feels significant. It represents a whole new way for people to make things and share them with the world. Media Molecule has made a suite of tools that feels intuitive to use, but more than that, it's built a social platform where players can collaborate and explore the imaginations of others. It's a technical marvel, a creative miracle, and one of the most innovative games in years.
  11. Feb 27, 2020
    95
    Dreams is a social network, a content platform, and a creative suite all in one. It's probably the hardest game to review, but it is easy to fall in love with it. It is incredibly polished and does exactly what it promised to. It isn't perfect, but it is as close as it can be given the game's incredible scope and ambition. There are only minor gripes I can report, and even those pale in comparison to the many things that it does right. It's unknown whether Dreams' potential is going to be realized by the community. It isn't at the point where Dreams is a must-buy for the content alone, but it's vital if you're curious about the game development process.
  12. Feb 26, 2020
    95
    Dreams is such an astounding creative experience that I highly recommend it to every PS4 owner. Even if you're uncreative and cynical, it's difficult not to appreciate what Dreams and its community of creators have to offer.
  13. Feb 24, 2020
    95
    Dreams is unlike anything I’ve played before. It’s a game that will only continue to grow and I’m very excited to see where it’s headed. As a platform, it encourages and celebrates creativity in all manner of ways - whether you want to create a piece of music, animate a small short or make a fully-fledged game. You can do it all. Minor performance issues aside, Dreams is a masterpiece in game design that I hope flourishes over the next decade.
  14. Feb 24, 2020
    95
    It’s obvious you get a tremendous amount of value for the price. If you crave a creative outlet, the tools here are effective and easy to learn, and the army of full or part-time developers appear ready to embrace your work. If you just want a wide range of weird games to play, you’ll find your queue refilled on a regular basis with surprises that couldn’t have been realized any other way. There are definitely things Media Molecule needs to focus on now that early access is over, and it’ll be a treat to see the game grow over time, but what’s here now is absolutely incredible.
  15. Feb 18, 2020
    95
    Dreams gives you nearly unlimited tools to create your own game or just fool around with. The result is astonishingly deep and remarkably accessible, thanks to a list of detailed, comprehensive tutorials. On top of that, other people’s often bizarre creations provide you with a seemingly endless amount of content - and will keep on doing that for many years to come.
  16. Feb 18, 2020
    95
    Dreams is an ambitious game that succeeds on every front where others have failed. Media Molecule took what they designed, developed, and created over the years and encapsulated it into an experience that has endless possibilities; for them and us. It’s hard to sum up how groundbreaking and pioneering the game is as it’s more than the sum of its parts, it’s exactly what you make of it. Let your dreams come true.
  17. Feb 17, 2020
    95
    Dreams is a must-have for anyone who has wanted to create a game but didn’t have the know-how to make all of the elements work together. Dreams does a better job of teaching you about game logic than any toolset I’ve used, and makes it fun. It’s perfect for any age range and can foster creativity in its users for years to come.
  18. Feb 14, 2020
    95
    I don't think anyone but Media Molecule could have nailed Dreams. It's truly one-of-a-kind.
  19. Feb 14, 2020
    93
    Dreams is unique in its execution. The possibilities have never been greater and the barriers to entry have never been lower. Especially in the long run, Dreams offers enormous potential.
  20. Feb 18, 2020
    92
    Dreams is incredible. It’s what I and so many others have wanted from the time we fell in love with video games. It’s a limitless playground for those that have ever dreamt of the perfect video game – but it’s okay if you haven’t! Because Dreams is also a limitless playground for those that just want to sit back and enjoy the ride.
  21. Apr 10, 2020
    90
    On one hand, Dreams is a bottomless bag filled with toys, vignettes, and indie games. On the other, Dreams is a must-own for anyone who's ever been curious about game design.
  22. Mar 13, 2020
    90
    Dreams allows us to give life to our imagination, giving us the possibility of creating our own adventures, with well-implemented controls and endless possibilities with which to turn our dreams into reality.
  23. Feb 28, 2020
    90
    This is an unbelievably powerful engine, yet quite simple to grasp and create games, movies and music. Anyone can create anything. That you can do so with a gamepad in hand is nothing short of incredible.
  24. Feb 28, 2020
    90
    While learning how to Dream Sculpt is challenging with a steep learning curve, Dreams does not let its players flounder. With some practice, anyone can create whatever content comes to mind. Despite it being time consuming, Dreams delivers certain freedoms not found in other games. Dreams is a perfect title for players seeking a robust sandbox with exceptional creation tools. It just goes to show that anyone with a dream can make it a reality.
  25. Feb 27, 2020
    90
    As long as you go in with the mindset that Dreams‘ community creations are still being developed by those figuring out its array of tools, you stand to be floored by the sheer scale of what’s on offer. If you’re drawn in by the possibility of bringing your game idea to life, no matter how elaborate it may be, then this is simply a must-play.
  26. Feb 27, 2020
    90
    Despite the nigh-unmatched degree of complexity the tools in Dreams provides, it can be difficult to discuss and break down its value. At the end of the day, the experience it offers is relative to the patience and determination of whomever plays it. Thankfully, the appeal of Dreams isn’t limited to those willing to quit their job and meticulously craft the perfect road, tree, or building by hand. I’m never going to create a level worthy of top billing among countless masterpieces online. Yet I’m able to enjoy the game for what it offers, thanks to a variety of pre-built and simpler options.
  27. Feb 27, 2020
    90
    It didn’t matter that I’d never designed a game before, didn’t matter that I’m not much of an artist, didn’t matter that I can only play music and not compose it. From the very beginning, I felt welcomed by Dreams.
  28. Feb 27, 2020
    90
    Dreams provides creation tools for a certain type of gamer to create a community that we will surely talk about for years.
  29. Feb 26, 2020
    90
    Dreams is an achievement in gaming thanks to its endless possibilities for creations while making it fun to play as well. The easy to understand creator tools allow the players to go wild with their ideas while offering up a short, but great story of its own as well. A plethora of great creations can already be found and we can't wait to see what the Dreams community comes up with next.
  30. Feb 25, 2020
    90
    Dreams is a one-of-a-kind video game that only comes once or twice a generation, and Media Molecule and PlayStation have definitely delivered the goods. It makes game creation easy for non-technical gamers like me, but most importantly, fun for everyone, wrapped around a community and social sharing network that encourages exploration and experimentation wirth experiences big and small, popular and niche, and everything in-between.
  31. Feb 24, 2020
    90
    Dreams may have just been born, but it's only the beginning. It's an intuitive, user-friendly engine with infinite possibilities that blurs the boundaries between creator and player.
  32. Feb 24, 2020
    90
    Dreams builds upon that premise of LittleBigPlanet that 'if you build it, they will come'. MediaMolecule has outdone themselves with this suite of creative tools and I look forward to seeing what Dreams may come over the next year.
  33. Feb 21, 2020
    90
    Media Molecule has devised something really special with Dreams, placing a hefty toolset in players' hands where the only limitations are your skills, imagination, and time. There's nothing else quite like it, and it feels like a culmination of everything the studio has been working towards since the first LittleBigPlanet. The presentation is too charming, the tutorials too informative, active, and engaging, while playing and finding other people's creations is a breeze...It's a stunning achievement that encourages limitless creative expression, a place where people can come together, collaborate, and explore each other's imaginations. It's a tool for the fools who dream, and one of the most innovative releases in years.
  34. Feb 21, 2020
    90
    Dreams offers us a twist to the concept of ‘Play, create and share’ with hundreds of hours of entertainment and virtually endless possibilities. An exquisite campaign mode and a simply perfect finish.
  35. Feb 21, 2020
    90
    Dreams has opened up the artform of games to the experimentation and creativity of anyone and everyone in a way never before achieved. As a result, it is an experience that is wonderous, fulfilling and exciting - regardless of whether you are learning to develop, developing something, or playing something made by others.
  36. 90
    Dreams' unlimited potential for creativity is both a blessing and a curse, but putting the power of game development into the hands of just about anyone is Media Molecule's crowning achievement.
  37. Feb 21, 2020
    90
    Media Molecule made me feel like I opened Photoshop for the first time again, but this time I feel ready to learn all of its tricks and make something amazing, and I sincerely hope others will take the journey to do the same and make the Dreams network a vast universe of creativity.
  38. Feb 21, 2020
    90
    I’ve been exposed to Dreams for more than two years, and I still can’t create for shit. Luckily, I don’t have to – I’m more than happy to self-identify as an avid Dream Surfer with zero creativity (unless someone reads a writer to really bring their work to life?). Bring on your creations, folks.
  39. Feb 21, 2020
    90
    Opening a game engine for the first time can make you feel like you’re in a sweaty-palmed nightmare. But Dreams isn’t like that – not only is diving into the game engine and learning how to create stuff fun, you’ll also never feel lost in the navigation and controls. Moreover, it gives you access to a bunch of minigames that you can’t find anywhere else.
  40. Feb 20, 2020
    90
    Taking Media Molecule's creative ethos to new heights, Dreams is a PlayStation essential. Booting the game up each time and having no idea what awaits is an intoxicating feeling. A remedy, forcing me from the rut of my predictable gaming habits to explore an inner creativity I’m often too lazy or wound up to let free.
  41. 90
    Dreams is possibilities made manifest, and while Media Molecule needs to have a strong hand in curating that experience, its a perfect foundation from which to grow and evolve and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
  42. If I had to describe Dreams with just one word, I would go with "beautiful". There is no other product more deserving of that word more than Dreams. Media Molecule definitely made the line between art and video games thinner than ever.
  43. Feb 19, 2020
    90
    With Dreams, Media Molecule proves again that it's a special studio that can make small revolutions with each of its games. Mixing gaming with games development, Dreams opens a new field in gaming.
  44. Feb 18, 2020
    90
    Dreams is really something special. Frankly, I’d like to see other game development tools come with curation suites like this. It would change the way we look at game design. Now if only these dreamers could get paid for their work.
  45. Feb 18, 2020
    90
    Dreams is a dream for all creative people out there. It has no limits. Media Molecule has achieved something really special here.
  46. Feb 17, 2020
    90
    Even at launch, Dreams will provide dozens of hours of quality entertainment for players and creators alike.
  47. Feb 17, 2020
    90
    If Dreams became popular between players and creators it will get fantastic support for years, there are already a lot of fantastic and creative creations, this is a very unique experience and highly recommended.
  48. Feb 17, 2020
    90
    Dreams is that rare video game product that could help shape where the medium goes next.
  49. Feb 15, 2020
    90
    Now that Dreams democratized video game development, it's just a matter of time before we meet the next great designer. But in the end, it doesn't matter: a child who is free to embrace creativty and turn his Dreams into reality is more than enough to prove the potential of the project.
  50. Feb 15, 2020
    90
    Dreams is a marvel from Media Molecule. It’s another cog in their creative machine that takes game creation to another level. Does it have room to grow? Lord, yes, especially in controls, but it offers up an outlet for non-coders to make their gaming dreams a reality.
  51. Feb 14, 2020
    90
    With Dreams, creativity reaches new heights. No, the newcomer will not succeed in creating his indie nugget without spending hours of research and production, but the philosophy of the program can only be congratulated. Media Molecule delivers the ultimate game creation game, even if it requires a personal investment beyond comprehension.
  52. Feb 14, 2020
    90
    Sometimes, even the most ambitious dreams come true, but their appreciation still depends on people's aspirations and imagination.
  53. Feb 14, 2020
    90
    Dreams is a game that allows the player to explore a network of so many ideas— new and old. It’s something that with time will only get better, especially when online play and VR will eventually be in it. This is a game for the creatives, the casuals, the curious, and anything else. Media Molecule has created something that sets the bar for creation tool engines and sandbox games.
  54. Feb 14, 2020
    90
    Dreams is a revolutionary experience, well-developed and capable of being as accessible as it is deep. The dream has just begun, but already, with all these incredible tools, seems like something wonderful.
  55. Feb 13, 2020
    90
    Dreams is not the best software to make a game, but that’s not the point. Media Molecule’s dream is to build a homeland for creators, to make the Dreamverse a self-sufficient place, where users can share their skills in the easiest way: that is the goal of the project, but the dream cannot exist without the dreamers.
  56. Feb 13, 2020
    90
    It’s a cliche, but Dreams really is something that needs to be played to fully grasp an understanding of. It’s unlike anything else: an ambitious project that has been expertly brought to life by Media Molecule, and an audacious experiment in game design that gives you endless ways to enjoy your time with it.
  57. Feb 12, 2020
    90
    Even just looking at it is good for the heart. Being able to enhance it can also make us better players.
  58. Feb 13, 2020
    88
    Dreams is an impressive game-making tool, which includes a great story mode: Art´s Dream. On the downside, motion sensing controls are not especially accurate, and the game requires plenty of tutorials.
  59. Feb 14, 2020
    87
    Dreams is an incredibly capable tool, full of possibilities that has been surprising us for almost a year now since it was first released in Early Access. The story mode is fantastic, although quite short, but the quantity and the quality of the user-made content makes up for it.
  60. Feb 14, 2020
    87
    Dreams is a triumph on the formula that Media Molecule has been improving since LittleBigPlanet. Its creation tools are overwhelming and require hard work, but they're ultimately rewarding. There is a great sense of community, and trying new creations every day feels satisfying and exciting.
  61. Feb 13, 2020
    87
    Media Molecule gives us a complete tool with which we feel like authentic video game developers. It takes time, but once you've mastered it, the experience is highly rewarding. The only limit of Dreams is our imaginations.
  62. Feb 25, 2020
    85
    After three games starring the cute, black-eyed burlap doll Sackboy and a mammoth 11 million user-created levels, Media Molecule, the developer behind LittleBigPlanet, yearned to take community-based game making to the next level. It took seven long years, but Dreams is a far more visually wondrous example of the “play, create, share” mantra from the U.K.-based, Sony-owned studio.
  63. Feb 18, 2020
    85
    Dreams is ultimately something different for everyone and it is impressive how cleverly everyone's part of the game is put together. Those who dare to dream with an open mind can find an endless source of entertainment, gentleness, and genius in this "game".
  64. Feb 15, 2020
    85
    An incredible experience for those with the right motivations.
  65. Feb 14, 2020
    85
    Dreams is a breath of fresh air in the world of video games. It is a huge playground and a real social network where the possibilities are unlimited. Films, music, games, everything seems at hand! Its solo campaign is funny, inspiring and smart. Nevertheless, despite the clear lessons, game's tools are difficult to master. It takes a long time and patience to achieve beautiful things.
  66. Feb 13, 2020
    85
    Dreams' latest release might lack serious control improvements over the early access but a wonderful story mode and the community's getting better and better at creating unlock this PS4 exclusive's full potential.
  67. Feb 27, 2020
    84
    Dreams is like shopping for free in a game store, where there are almost exclusively cheap knock-offs on the shelves! Besides that, this game is the most user-friendly game-building tool on the market, which will probably produce some great things in the future.
  68. Feb 17, 2020
    82
    Incredibly powerful toolbox for games, animations and beautiful pieces of art – the entrance could be more inviting though.
  69. Aug 4, 2020
    80
    Dreams’ creative mode might not integrate with PSVR as naturally as hoped, but its cemented position as a hub of invention makes it an easy recommendation. Paired with the platform’s inherent comfort issues, its sprawling, untamed ecosystem can prove to be a minefield to navigate, but for every unwelcome rollercoaster ride (literally and figuratively), there’s another wish waiting to be fulfilled or something genuinely original to discover. The only way to truly judge Dreams is by the strength of its creations and those already speak for themselves; if you want to embrace VR’s experimental side, you shouldn’t miss it.
  70. Apr 2, 2020
    80
    Dreams by Media Molecule is a part game, part social media platform, part game design engine. The world of Dreams is infinite. The mini-games, built by ordinary people like you and me, can go from a fun indie experience to an almost full length game with a solid synopsis, creative gameplay and relatable characters. But the create mode of Dreams, where you're supposed to be building your own game and let your creativity shine, is not as intuitive as expected. Tutorials feel endless and tiring and the user interface isn't friendly and takes a lot of time to master, or be mildly controlled. Dreams lets you build your game - but doesn't promise you a fun experience while doing it.
  71. Mar 6, 2020
    80
    Dreams is devoted to the realisation of exciting wishes, and with it Media Molecule has its defining, if not quite definable, game.
  72. Feb 28, 2020
    80
    There are some difficulties in the tools and the overall UI when trying to create something, but Dreams is definitely a superb creation tool and a game that will get better and better as time goes by.
  73. Feb 20, 2020
    80
    Dreams nonetheless still offers a set of powerful, enjoyable tools at a low price and hours of fantastic tutorials. Adults may find the presentation a little too charmed by its own whimsy, especially in light of the tension between an art for art’s sake message and a commercial walled garden. Yet it’s likely to encourage many younger players to bring their own dreams to life.
  74. Feb 20, 2020
    80
    Dreams is finally out and the creativity of the community is starting to flourish. Even though there are still a lot of clones of other franchises and none of them have a particularly good gameplay, more robust experiences can be found and a few original games can also be a good time. However, the real appeal of Dreams lies in the creative tools and the collective game design that's being built around it. Creators from all over the world are getting together to create games in a platform that is unique and incredibly important to the industry.
  75. Feb 19, 2020
    80
    Dreams is a game that could make thousands of games. You can find various innovative creations on this platform ranging from games, videos to music and paintings. The tool is easy to use for amateurs developers but if you just simply want to enjoy yourself, Dreams might not be the best choice.
  76. Feb 24, 2020
    72
    Dreams is a creator-focused set of tools more so than a video game. If you've always wanted to get into game making, collaborate with the like-minded community, and weren't sure where to start, this is a great option. But if you're primarily after some quality gameplay, and not just bite-sized imitations, it's best to look elsewhere.
  77. Feb 21, 2020
    70
    Art's Dream, the long-awaited story mode of sorts for Dreams, does a neat job demonstrating the possibilities of Media Molecule's game. Similarly, the collaborative nature of Dreams' players' creations factor into a welcome online ecosystem. For all that Dreams has to offer creatively, and for all the litany of levels and their enjoyable experiences, I'm yet to see a level that will stay with me after I'm done playing it. Dreams is fantastically experimentative, and it's obvious that the near-limitless creation tools provide a platform on which the community can build far into the future, but to judge this package as whole right now, it's not the wider product that leaves a lasting impression.
  78. Feb 21, 2020
    70
    Dreams is an almost bottomless well of user-created content, and already there are some gems amongst the myriad of creations available, even if they won’t ever feel like big-budget AAA games. It isn’t for everyone, but for the right kind of person, it will be everything.
  79. Mar 9, 2020
    60
    While Dreams is a brilliant tool for home creations, after a few days we have seen all the Super Mario clones that we can take. Nearly all the titles feel have an "under construction" beta feeling. The question thus becomes, is it really worth spending money to beta test games for other creators? Of course, for those with a preference for homemade games, the answer is a resounding "yes". But for those who have never been aspiring game designers, it would have been more optimal with a cheaper lite version of Dreams, without the creation mode.
  80. Feb 18, 2020
    60
    Dreams is wholly unique in that it gives the common player the tools to create virtually whatever they want. The unfortunate part is that the creations - at least so far and including the levels made by Media Molecule itself - are just not that fun to play. It will, however, be very exciting to see where this game will be in the upcoming months and years.
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  1. Feb 12, 2020
    We may have longer to wait for the official release and Media Molecule’s single-player story levels, but Dreams is already a magnificent wellspring for those who love playing, creating, and thinking about games in all their many forms. [Early Access review score = 95]
  2. Feb 19, 2020
    Giving everyone the ability to create video games is a wonderful thing and Dreams is far easier to use, and adapt to your own requirements, than you might imagine. Although the one thing that it teaches above all is that no matter how easy the physical act of video game creation becomes, making a game that is enjoyable to play is something else entirely. That shouldn’t put anyone off though, but instead inspire you with the knowledge that, thanks to Dreams, all that is stopping you from becoming a world-renowned video game creator is hard graft and a vivid imagination.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 3, 2019
    A once-in-a-generation release that changes absolutely everything, and resets what a ‘game’ can be. Dreams is essential and should be on every PS4. Especially yours. [Early Access Review score = 100]
  4. May 16, 2020
    Technically it's impressive, and the people producing content for it are talented as heck... sometimes. Unfortunately, for those looking to play the games rather than make them, Dreams is hard to stick with. The best projects are in "early access" for want of a better term, and they're surrounded by baffling memes, half-baked nonsense, and bids for YouTuber attention. Oh, and tons of copyright infringement. Dreams is amazing, but I'm not very interested in playing more of it.
  5. Mar 10, 2020
    The moment you scratch beneath the surface, you find a fascinating world of surrealist art, copyright infringement, kids doing weird experiments, and so much more.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1385 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Feb 14, 2020
    10
    Dreams is a fantastic game. Played the Beta, Early Access and now... Release! You shouldn't believe these sudden increase of bad ratings. ThisDreams is a fantastic game. Played the Beta, Early Access and now... Release! You shouldn't believe these sudden increase of bad ratings. This is a masterpiece! Full Review »
  2. Feb 14, 2020
    10
    Incredible game. Amazing campaign. Outstanding community creations. A must have for sure even if you don’t like creating! Whats with all theIncredible game. Amazing campaign. Outstanding community creations. A must have for sure even if you don’t like creating! Whats with all the bots giving it negative ratings? Full Review »
  3. Feb 14, 2020
    10
    Dreams is an incredible creativity tool, it has undoubtedly marked a new milestone in terms of content creation from the comfort of yourDreams is an incredible creativity tool, it has undoubtedly marked a new milestone in terms of content creation from the comfort of your console. It has a series of easily understandable but long-lasting tutorials. This is an experience that requires patience and time, but ends up satisfying any player. Excellent! Full Review »